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Three images of students, wearing magnifying visors and working with small paint brushes, leaning over a painting and applying small amounts of consolidant with the brushes.

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Students in UD's Two-week Introduction to Practical Conservation (TIP-C) program, a summer program held in collaboration with the HBCU Alliance of Museums and Galleries, ​working on a painting by Jimmie Mosely Sr. for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.​ Far left and right: Telvin Wallace (North Carolina Central University). ​Center image, left to right: Chanise Epps (Texas Southern University), Meaghan Hall (Fisk University), and Wallace. (Images: Evan Krape/UD)

​The University of Maryland returned a beloved painting by late faculty member Jimmie Mosely Sr. to their Eastern Shore campus (UMES) after conservation treatment by pre-program student Roger Blakemore.

Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner (WUDPAC Paintings Conservator; Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Material Culture; Director, UD Preservation Studies Doctoral Program) provided some background on the project: 

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Close-up image of a student, wearing a magnifying visor and working with a small brush, applying consolidant to flaking paint on a painting.

​Pre-program student Roger Blakemore​ (Community College of Philadelphia) applies consolidant to the Mosely painting. (Image: Evan Krape)

“When Susan Holt (Mosely Gallery Director, UMES) called me in May 2018, after a major storm in Eastern Maryland, I was delighted to suggest that she bring the large water-damaged painting to the paintings conservation studio at Winterthur. We were then preparing to host our second TIPC (Two-week Introduction to Practical Conservation) course for five HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) students, hoping to interest them in the profession of art conservation. They were pleased to immediately participate in applying a consolidant to the raised and curled paint chips on a painting owned by a sister HBCU. Dr. Jontyle Robinson of Tuskegee, one of the leaders of the TIP-C initiative, had actually known the artist, Jimmie Mosely, so all the pieces fit into place. The treatment continued the following fall with University of Delaware undergraduates who were taking an internship in practical painting conservation at Winterthur; by the end of the semester, Roger Blakemore joined the team as a pre-program student. Roger finished the painting (with a break due to the pandemic) by March 2021."

More information about the painting and the project can be found on the UMES News website.

More information about​ TIP-C projects at the University of Delaware can be found on the WUDPAC Outreach webpages​.​​

More information about the Alliance of HBCU​ Museum and Gallieries can be found on ​the Alliance website​.

Roger Blakemore is also a member of the Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation 2020/2021 cohort. More information about that program can be found on the Andrew W. Mellon website.​

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